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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Hope (05/04/06)

TITLE: Voices
By Helen Paynter
05/07/06


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Riven.
Earth’s tormented table
(beneath pastoral plenitude
buckling and sheering)
deplores its fault-lines.

Poisoned.
The tranquil river
(sluggish bearer
of toxicity)
murmurs in distaste.

Blasted.
The barren wasteland
(where mighty forests
once presided)
burgeons with longing.

Parched.
The heavy corn-heads
(shrivelled harvest
of desiccation)
crave relief.

Cursed.
The gurgling infant
(time-bomb lurking
in every cell)
cries in frustration.

Flayed.
The doting mother
(prostrate upon
a tiny grave)
rawly weeps.

Stripped.
The unmade mind
(palace of reason
softly toppled)
seeks joy for its laughter.

Trapped.
The haunted girls
(commodities cheap
for exploitation)
beg release.

Shredded.
The tender hands
of empty-eyed
factory children
supplicate.

Trashed.
The two inch fetus
(perfect form
suctioned from life)
awaits justice.

Smitten.
The gummy eyes
of a fly-infested
AIDS-riddled child
implore.

The riven. The poisoned. The blasted. The parched. The cursed. The flayed.
The stripped. The trapped. The shredded. The trashed. The smitten.

Their wordless cries
Shriek like knives
Flock like starlings
Spiral like smoke.

Jesus!
Hope of the nations.
Hope of creation.
Come, Lord Jesus,
Come.

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We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. Rom 8 v 22-25

In his name the nations will put their hope. Matt 12 v 21

He who testifies to these things says, "Yes, I am coming soon."
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
Rev 22 v 20

Quotations taken from the New International Version


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Marilyn Schnepp 05/11/06
Even with an educated mind - it takes more than one read to digest this poetic piece of artistic creation. Deep thoughts, beautiful phrases and brilliant deductions. Good job.
Jessica Schmit05/11/06
WOW! How long did you spend on this? I can't even imagine writing a piece as incredible as this one. Great job! Amazing. Your vocabualry astouds me. What creativity!
Maxx .05/12/06
This is really awesome. A strong entry, indeed! Few words but very precise and teh message was right on. Good work!
Val Clark05/12/06
Now that's what I call poetry. Every word, every image, every nuance building the picture, accumulating energy and power, racing us towards the climax of hope. Excellent. Powerful use of lists. So much work. Phew! Thank you. Yeggy
Alexandra Wilkin05/13/06
Once again your words are both scalpel and sculpture - precision piercing the soul and opening the eyes to sickness in the body of the earth and the bodies of those who live in it. It is also a stirring call - He who heals all is needed now. What are we who are 'clothed in Christ' going to do? Beautiful imagry and your work is getting stronger with every entry. God bless.
Lynda Schultz 05/13/06
WOW! This is excellent, a winner in every sense of the word.
Rita Garcia05/15/06
Excellent entry!! I really enjoyed whe way you gave this message of hope.
T. F. Chezum05/15/06
Excellent entry. I can't add to whats already been said. Great job.
Phyllis Inniss 05/17/06
Great job. A stark reality of what our nations are undergoing at present. Very vividly presented as you take us to our only Hope.